Ava DuVernay is clearly one of the creative forces to watch in Hollywood right now. With powerful projects like Selma, 13th, and Queen Sugar under her belt, there’s nothing stopping this woman who had to fight her way to the position she has now.
Talking at the New Yorker Festival, DuVernay shared her reasons why she decided to work in film.
“I work in an industry built on the back of the film The Birth of a Nation. And so you have, you know, a century of work built on a framework that was flawed and that was exclusive to a certain kind of person and mindset.”
That’s definitely the truth. DuVernay, however, sees her efforts as something coming from a place of love and passion.
“I was just trying to make my thing and tell my stories, and just wanted to see if I could craft what I loved.”
Of course, even with a ton of love and passion, that doesn’t mean that the critics and audiences can’t get a little cruel. DuVernay express nervousness at her next major project, the 2018 adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time.
“I don’t know how it’s going to be received. It is about a girl saving the world, and that girl is a girl of color,” she said.
Based off what I’ve seen of the film? Which is just a trailer, admittedly. I don’t think she has anything to worry about. It’s easily one of the best trailers that has been released this year. I can wait for the glorious spectacle and wonderful story that the film promises.
While DuVernay is hesitant to release the project into the world, she’s not going to apologize for the point of view that he filmmaking brings.
“You’re seeing worlds being built through the point of view of a black woman from Compton. So when I’m told create a planet, my planet is going to look different from my white male counterpart’s planet, who we’ve seen 97 percent of the time.”
A Wrinkle In Time will be released March 9th, 2018.